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A few things for Monday
   July 30, 2012 (5:18 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

There were two goals scored this past weekend for those that don’t know how to scroll down and see the highlights.  Matt Taylor scored for the second straight week in Germany, while Michael Orozco Fiscal scored his first goal of the season for San Luis.

I also posted some highlights of Anthony Brooks and Alfredo Morales in a friendly against Juventus.  It is looking like the U-20 center back, Brooks, could be in the starting lineup for Hertha Berlin in their season opener against Paderborn on Friday.

Also of note from the weekend, Charlie Davies came off the bench in Randers’ 2-1 win and Bobby Wood scored twice for 1860 Munich II in the Regionalliga.  And in Finland, Christian Eissele scored four goals, while Daniel Stevens and Joey Spivack each scored once in Kemi Kings’ 8-0 win over Warkaus.  Once the bigger leagues start up in the next couple weeks, I will bring back the full The OT Report for the weekends.

Rangers manager Ally McCoist said this weekend that Alejandro Bedoya was talking to Swedish side Helsingborgs about a transfer, but Bedoya’s agent denied the report to Yanks Abroad.

Geoff Cameron’s UK work permit appeal hearing has been set for August 8.  Here is a random photo of Cameron in Stoke City training gear.

Chad Barrett will be headed to Norwegian club Vålerenga on loan through the rest of the 2012 season.  Vålerenga also holds the option to buy at the end of the loan.

It looks like Ricardo Clark is headed back to Houston.

The US U-20 team finished fourth in last week’s Milk Cup after losing to Chile in the third place game.

Brian Sciaretta gives us 23 guys he thinks is Jurgen Klinsmann’s favored USMNT sqaud as of today.

I also want to point out that I might be light on posting and tweeting for the rest of this week as I make my annual summer pilgrimage to Chicago starting tomorrow to visit some family and friends (as well as check out Lollapalooza again).

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10 Responses to “A few things for Monday”

  1. Steve Trittschuh says:

    Nice move for Barrett. I think he’ll do well in the Norwegian league. Could lead to a full transfer and also to him receiving more minutes.

    No coverage of the USWNT??? Is OT sexist???

  2. 2tone says:

    I read that Brian Sciaretta article, and I disagree with his assessment that Johnson has his long term future in Midfield. He starred as a LB for Hoffenheim, and it looks to be the position the coach will start him at this season. I see Johnson as a LB now for club and Country.

    Also Pontius is much better than Corona. I don’t see Corona as part of Klinsamnn’s core players this cycle.

    This is the 20 player roster that will be close to who Klinsmann call’s up against Mexico.

    GK: Howard, Guzan
    Defense: Chandler, Johnson, Lichaj, Boca, Cameron, Ream
    Middies: Williams, Jones, Bradley, Torres, Adu, Pontius
    FWDS: Donovan, Dempsey, Gomez, Gatt, Boyd, Altidore

    Note: Goodson may get the call over Cameron because of Cameron’s on going process to finalize a work permit. Also Hines may get called up as well.

    Note 2: If people aren’t aware; Chandler has said he wants to play for the U.S.

    Note 3: It is very possible Dempsey may not get called in either.

    Should be posting the roster in a week.

  3. Davis says:

    Steve this isn’t about the national teams specifically this is about American soccer players abroad. Very few women players go abroad since the best women’s programs are here.

  4. chris says:

    2tone i actually have some differences than your roster, and i think klinsi may only call in 18 players due to their only being one game. Here it is
    GK-Howard, Rimando
    DEF-Goodson, Onyewu, George John, Cherundolo, Johnson, Chandler
    MID-Jones, Williams, Kljesten, Torres, Shea, Adu
    FWD-Altidore, Donovan, Gomez, Beasley

    I think players like Boca, Bradley and Dempsey wont be called up due to them either seeking transfers or settling in at new clubs

  5. Trent Hill says:

    I think chris is dead on. Smaller team, due to it just being one game, and Bradley/Demps/Boca/Bedoya/Edu will probably left at home.

    I’d like to see Altidore and Boyd start. Gomez coming on as a sub (for half an hour or so).

    Midfield: Donovan, Jones, Adu, Gatt.

    Defense: Parkhurst, Ream as Centerback pairing. Chandler and Johnson playing the outside backs.

    This team is young–22, 21, 30, 30, 23, 20, 29, 24, 22, 24. Average age is just over 22. But, it’s a team I like (assuming we’re missing Bradley/Demps/Boca).

  6. 2tone says:

    @ Chris- I am going to say that Beasley, Kljestan, John, and Onyewu probably won’t be on the roster.

    Regardless I see Boca and Bradley getting called up, and probably Dempsey.

    Mexico released the players they are calling up from Europe, and they called in all of their heavy hitters i.e. Guardado, Gio Dos Santos, Hernandez A.K.A. Chicharito, Morales, Ochoa, and “Maza” Rodriguez.

    So I have a feeling Klinsmann will be calling in most of our heavy hitters as well.

    I will stick to my 20 man roster because this is a friendly which means both team’s can make as many subs as they want.

  7. 2tone says:

    This is my starting 11 against Mexico in a 4-3-3.


  8. chris says:

    Yes i see exactly what your saying 2tone, i love all of those players however i dont think he likes calling up players just moving to new clubs. For example look at last years group against mexico in august. There was no onyewu or altidore due to settling in at new clubs. I could be wrong, but thats just how i feel
    Heres my 11

    Id also like to see George John, Kljesten, Beasley and maybe brek shea getting some time in.
    I dont like the idea of having altidore and boyd together due to them both really being target men. If there would be 2 up top i would like to see Altidore or Gomez with someone like a Donovan or even like and agudelo, davies or rolfe working off of them, almost like an auxiliary number 10.

  9. 2tone says:

    Not a big fan of Torres. I think he brings value to the squad(as a Sub), but not as a winger nor as an attacking middie because he is neither. Not only that his defense is very suspect. I have a feeling Torres will probably be at best a sub for the USMNT.

    This is an ideal game to bring in Pontius who has a very aggressive, attack oriented mindset to his game.

    Kljestan has been relegated to the bench at Anderlecht, and really has never shown much in a USMNT jersey. Probably will never see kljestan in a USMNT jersey while klinsmann is the coach.

    George John just got back from an injury. My guess Both Gonzo and John will be called up in January.

    Beasley possibly, but I don’t think he will be called in.

    Shea has to climb out of his slump.

    Here is my starting 11 if Klinsmann goes with a 4-4-2 in a diamond formation.

    Bradley will be more of RM instead of a winger. He will drift inside more to help out defensively which will allow Chandler to roam up and down the sideline.

    Pontius will be more of an attcking middie/inverted winger cutting in on his right to take shots on goal wich in turn will allow Johnson to roam up and down the left.

  10. chris says:

    I see exactly where your coming from, didnt know john was coming back from injury. Then i could see ream taking that spot and maybe like a robbie rogers, who has had a pretty good preseason with leeds. Or maybe even pontius. I would really like to see beasley tho, i think hes something different than anything else we have and his speed could be a real benefit against a pacey team like mexico. And as far as klejsten, he hasnt really gotten a chance with klinsman, he played 10 minutes against italy, and thats all. He had a great season last year for anderlecht, playing as a deep lying midfielder. Hes still behind bradley and probably edu at that position, but could still provide some depth.

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